Do you find yourself asking, “Why am I so lazy?” Do you have trouble with overcoming procrastination and getting into action, even when you clearly know it’s in your best interest to do so? Would you feel better if you could once and for all, finally stop being lazy and put procrastinating behind you forever?
Procrastination and laziness rob us not only of productivity and effectiveness, but also of something far greater: Purpose. In addition to regaining productivity by beating these disempowering habits, you can regain direction in your life.
Typically, we attempt to overcome lethargy and laziness through willpower, by attempting to force ourselves into action. This never works! As human beings we have very little willpower that we can use to exert force on ourselves. Force simply does not work in life.
There is a better way. By working smarter, not harder. Here is the solution for overcoming laziness and being able to finally stop procrastinating.
We procrastinate because we lack MOTIVATION. And we lack motivation because we either lack GOALS, or have lost sight of our goals and our ability to achieve them. For a life that is productive, effective and purposeful, it is essential to have goals.
As human beings, we are motivated by two forces: Fear and desire, or pain and pleasure. We subconsciously move away from something we do not want, something that causes us pain, and towards something we do want, something that provides some form of pleasure. And by understanding this basic aspect of human psychology, you can gain leverage over yourself to get into action with effortless ease.
And by following this simple 4-step system to overcoming procrastination and laziness, you will be able to gain infinitely more satisfaction out of your life, and exponentially greater results.
I suggest writing out the following exercise on a piece of paper and reviewing it daily. This will keep you on track and moving forward.
How to Overcome Laziness and Stop Procrastinating in 4 Steps
1. “What do I want to avoid?”
Ask yourself this question, and answer it with a clear image of the consequences of not taking action. For example, if you are putting off going to the gym, what’s the ultimate consequence of not doing so? Poor health, an unfit body, lack of energy, susceptibility to disease, poor self-esteem, etc. Or, for example, if you find yourself unable to sit down and meditate, the consequences might be lack of clarity, increased stress and anxiety, susceptibility to emotional problems, lack of productivity, failure to cultivate your spiritual potential, etc.
2. “What do I want to gain?”
As you answer this question and reflect upon it, have a very clear mental image of what you can gain by taking action. In the case of exercising daily, the gains might be a strong and healthy body, increased energy, greater self-esteem, a healthier lifestyle, a happier psychology, etc. Or in the case of enjoying a meditation practice, the gains may be stability, balance, peace, calm, clarity, focus, happiness and gratitude, etc.
3. “What’s the next step?
What’s the next thing you need to do to begin moving towards your goal? This could be joining a health club. Or waking up 20 minutes earlier to meditate. Whatever the next step is, clearly identify it and write it out. And DO IT.
It’s important here to realize that you only need to take the NEXT STEP. You cannot jump to the top of a mountain in a single bound, so don’t try! One step at a time. Steady as she goes.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3.
Go through this process every single day. Spend a few minutes visualizing what you want to avoid, what you can gain, identify the next step and take it.
When we are pulled by a vision of what we can achieve, and we focus on it daily, getting into action happens automatically. It’s only when we lose sight of our goal that we succumb to laziness and fall into procrastination. After all, how what’s the point of getting out of bed and into action if you don’t know where you’re going?